Yemen: July, 2014
WARNING: Terrorist activities and civil unrest are present in Yemen.
Additionally, four people were killed in clashes between police and protesters outside
the United States Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen in September, 2012; this was the
result of a film that negatively portrayed the Prophet Mohammed. This was the latest
in a long string of violent acts in Yemen. In October, 2000 the USS Cole, a military
ship from the United States, was attacked by members of al-Qaeda, which has a strong
presence in Yemen. Today violence is a very real threat, especially to many citizens
of western nations.
India: March, 2014
WARNING: Numerous police officers were killed in the Indian state
of Chhattisgarh in March, 2014. This is the latest in a long line of terrorist attacks
in India. In July, 2011 over twenty people were killed in the city of Mumbai due
to a terrorist attack. In September, 2008 a number of bombings went off in the city
of Ahmedabad, killing over 50 people. Prior to, and during this time, dozens of
other bombings have killed a large number of people, with bombings a regular occurrence
each year. While bombings are unpredictable as to where and when, most attacks have
taken place in the western part of India, including the city of Mumbai and in the
province of Gujarat, although bombings have taken place in nearly every major city,
including Bangalore and Delhi among many others.
Afghanistan: January, 2014
WARNING: Afghanistan is still in a transitional period as war and
violence still lingers in the country after war broke out in 2001. This war continues
to create violence and attacks on both locals and foreigners alike. Travel to Afghanistan
at this time is not recommended.
Iran: January, 2014
WARNING: The Iranian government is not on good terms with the governments
of the United States and the government of Israel, among others. While generally
safe, if you are an American or Israeli citizen or a citizen of another country,
with which Iran has poor relations, be aware that travel to Iran is not recommended.
Travel to Iran is also not recommended for Iranian-American dual citizens as some
have been prevented from leaving Iran.
Iraq: January, 2014
WARNING: Iraq is still in a transitional period as war and violence
continues to linger in the country after war broke out in 2003. This war continues
to create violence and attacks on both locals and foreigners alike. Travel to Iraq
at this time is not recommended.
Syria: January, 2014
WARNING: Civil war broke out in Syria in March, 2011 and violence
from this civil war is ongoing. No part of Syria is safe and the entire country
should be avoided now and into the foreseeable future.
Lebanon: January, 2014
WARNING: Some of the violence in neighboring Syria has spilled
into Lebanon. Additionally, there are a number of terrorist groups with bases in
the country, including Hezbollah. Although attacks targeting foreigners is somewhat
rare, the government is not able to guarantee protection to foreign visitors as
suicide bombings have increased and terrorist attacks are unpredictable so travel
to Lebanon is not recommended at this time.
Pakistan: January, 2014
WARNING: In June, 2013 a camp of foreign mountain climbers was
killed in Pakistan by terrorists. Additionally, al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden
was killed in Pakistan in May, 2011 by United States military forces. This has led
to strained relations between these two countries as well as with other countries.
It has also led to a backlash against foreigners in Pakistan as many foreigners
have been targeted, attacked and killed in the country. Any travel to Pakistan at
this time is not recommended.
Saudi Arabia: January, 2014
WARNING: Saudi Arabia is generally a safe country as the government
has good relations with most nations and security is high. However, there are a
number of terrorist groups with branches in the country and many of these terrorist
organizations target foreigners. The greatest threats come in the south and in any
location catered to foreigners, such as housing compounds and western-styled shopping
North Korea: January, 2014
WARNING: North Korea is an unpredictable and unstable country,
whose leadership is not on good terms with nearly every other nation in the world.
The country cannot be recommended for travel due to this instability. The situation
seems to change monthly or even weekly so prior to travel check with your nation's
Department of Foreign Affairs and a travel agency specializing in travel to North
Korea to assess the current situation.
Philippines: January, 2014
WARNING: Violence on the island of Mindanao and the surrounding
areas, including the Sulu Archipelago, is a constant threat; in April, 2012 a bus
bomb killed two people. This is just one of numerous bombings that have taken place
over the years in the region. This threat, especially in Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago,
remains ever present.
Mexico: January, 2014
WARNING: Areas near the United States-Mexico border and the Guatemala-Mexico
border should be avoided due to drug trafficking violence. There is also a risk
for violence and kidnapping of locals and foreigners alike in numerous areas, especially
in rural areas and on overnight bus journeys. There is also a great deal of violence
in cities and throughout Mexico at night so exercise caution everywhere in the country.
Generally, resorts are considered safe in Mexico as they receive thousands of tourists
Cuba: January, 2014
WARNING: The Cuban government is not on good terms with the government
of the United States and a few other countries. While generally safe, if you are
an American citizen or a citizen of another country, with which Cuba has poor relations,
be aware that travel to Cuba is not generally recommended.
Haiti: January, 2014
WARNING: Haiti is still recovering from the massive earthquake
that hit their country in January, 2010. This has led to a large increase in diseases
as the water supply has been contaminated as has much of the food supply. Emergency
services are also in poor condition as are communication and transportation networks,
leading to poor emergency response times.
El Salvador: January, 2014
WARNING: Although generally safe, violence continues in El Salvador
as rival gangs regularly fight in the streets. While most of this violence is aimed
at other locals, it has often spilled over to kidnapping, robbing, or killing foreigner,
especially those in the wrong place at the wrong time and some attacks are aimed
at foreigners in rural landscapes, such as on mountain climbing expeditions.
Honduras: January, 2014
WARNING: Violence is widespread in Honduras and the government
doesn't have the resources to prevent much of this crime. The murder rate in
the country is the highest in the world and travel in small groups or alone is not
recommended, although attacks seems to be unpredictable and can happen to anyone
at any time. It doesn't appear that these crimes are aimed at foreigners, but
each year foreigners are killed in these attacks.
Colombia: January, 2014
WARNING: While generally safe, drug trafficking in Colombia has
led to a number of crimes in the country. These are generally aimed at competing
drug traffickers, but can also be aimed at unknowing witnesses. Most of this violence
takes place in more rural areas, along the border with Panama, and in certain parts
of the large cities; ask your hotel what areas of the city should be avoided if
Venezuela: January, 2014
WARNING: Violence is widespread in Venezuela as the murder rate
in the country is among the highest in the world and the kidnapping rate is quickly
escalating. These attacks are most common in the capital city of Caracas as well
as in parts of the country's interior and are targeted at both foreigners and
locals alike. Travel during days is safer, but still not completely safe.